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His call to arms, pretty much the same as the Tea Party’s, is also the longtime battle cry of American conservatives of the late twentieth century – a cry that has been reinvigorated by the apparent abandonment of these very principles by politicians and government officials in both major parties and which has been given a final push over the edge of public perception by the recently elected Democratic majority’s increasingly unpopular left-leaning agenda.

If such views really are reflective of how the majority of Americans feel, the Democrats’ current control of Washington may ultimately be recognized, in hindsight, as having been little more than a temporary aberration, the result of a perfect storm of past Republican fiscal imprudence, a weakened Republican administration going into the ’09 elections and a record-shattering financial crisis that is now, hopefully, behind us.

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About the Author: Stuart W. Mirsky is a Queens-based writer and columnist for several local papers. He is the author of the historical novel "The King of Vinland's Saga," about Vikings and Indians in eleventh-century North America, and "A Raft on the River," the true story of a 15-year-old girl's escape from the Nazis in Poland during World War II.


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